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Rajeev Madhavan
Founder and General Partner, Clear Ventures

Rajeev Madhavan is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with venture investments in more than 35 companies. He is currently a General Partner of Clear Ventures, which he co-founded in 2014.

Prior to creating Clear, Rajeev founded three successful startups. In 1997 he founded Magma Design Automation and served as its Chairman and CEO through its 2001 Nasdaq IPO and its acquisition by Synopsys in 2012. Prior to founding Magma, Rajeev co-founded and served as President and CEO of Ambit Design Systems, which was acquired by Cadence in 1998. He previously co-founded and served as Director of Engineering of LogicVision, which went public on Nasdaq and was later acquired by Mentor Graphics.

Rajeev is a recipient of the Red Herring Top Innovator award, the lifetime achievement award at NITK, India and various other awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from KREC, Surathkal, India, and an M.S.E.E from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

When Rajeev is not working he can be found with his wife and two children, trail running, tending to his rose gardens, or holding court with technologists figuring out what comes next.

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